CQC inspection report for Humber NHS Foundation Trust
“The publication today of an overall rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ for Humber NHS Foundation Trust (http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/new_reports/AAAF6776.pdf) masks a mixed picture that shows yet again the stark inequalities between mental and physical healthcare. The reasons for the poor ratings in mental health services will no doubt be debated at length with a combination of funding, recruitment difficulties and increasing demand being the obvious culprits.
These factors are just symptoms of a wider problem. Treating mental health in isolation from physical health and wellbeing is a failed experiment compounded by the inability of our public sector as a whole to undergo essential structural and cultural changes. This not only impacts on us as a community but on individuals themselves who are unable to get the right help when they need it the most. People deserve to have mental health services they can be confident in and this inspection report gives us all serious cause for concern.”